Thursday, May 17, 2007

Out Damned Libertarian!

There's an amusing movement among Republicans to kick Ron Paul out of the next debate. Apparently, they think he's a bit too quirky, while others are attacking Paul for being racist and anti-semitic. Over at the NRO, Jonah Goldberg disagrees with this move, but adds this caveat;

The only way I could see my opinion on this changing is if we learn more about the racist or anti-Semitic stuff. Indeed, I would be more sympathetic to ousting him on those grounds if this push to ban him hadn't come up before those revelations. I do think there are some views where party discipline warrants denying a podium to a candidate at a GOP debate. Racism and anti-Semitism are such views, but libertarian isolationism isn't.

What I find most amusing about all of this is that Republicans don't find Paul serious, and many are now accusing him of being racist and anti-semitic. But no one is asking him to leave the party, just the Presidential race. So the GOP will accept a kooky bigot amongst their ranks, as long as America can't see him. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Republican Party (Yay!)


At 5:46 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Not mine, nuh uh.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did the Republicans start screening for racism? I thought that was a given. Was Falwell ever denied an opportunity to represent the Rethugs? He was a racist, anti-semitic pig and I don't recall Jonah hving problem then.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I won't be surprised if whoever the GOP candidate is, they will ask Lieberman to be on the ticket.


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